"I believe I have seen a genuine correlation between children involved in the ARTiculate workshops and target children making Age Related Expectation (ARE)...Every child benefited with progress, clearly evident in their school books."
Simon, Y4 Teacher, Leeds

"Raised pupil's writing by at least 1 sub-level - developed their ability to apply knowledge. Hopefully we will see ARTiculate in our school again!"
Andrew Howdle, Literacy Coordinator

"Very inspirational and creative - lots of new ideas to improve writing and unlock children's imaginations."
Nadia, Year 4 teacher


Thursday, 5 February 2015

Creative literacy workshop a success!

Hip hip hooray! The latest ARTiculate workshop running in school was a resounding success. The six Year 4 children made leaps and bounds forward in not only their creative techniques but also their attitude to writing. It was a pleasure to watch them explore deeper and deeper the mysterious island in Armin Greder's fantastic short story. They became absorbed in the roles of the islanders and the man, exploring their motivations, hopes and their fears.

All children made at least one sub-level progress during the workshop. One incredible girl (EAL, BME) made TWO sub-levels progress, from a 2C to a 2A in this time. An incredible achievement!

The outcome
The children produced a fantastic piece of writing. Going through the creative processes, they:

  • developed vocabulary banks
  • orally rehearsed their ideas
  • wrote an initial draft of their piece 
  • reshaped and edited their work
  • evaluated it against level-appropriate checklists
  • wrote their writing for presentation
Exploring artwork was also an integral factor in shaping our understand of the text. In this workshop, the children:
  • practised using pastels
  • mixed colours and studied the relationships between them
  • developed seascapes using mood-appropriate colours
  • drew themselves as an islander
  • understood how an author and illustrator work together 

See our gallery for more images of artwork and writing from this workshop!